LightningBase is one of the most unspoken about companies in the space and I really don't know why. In the past two previous years of testing they earned top tier WordPress hosting performance awards. This year was no exception.
|Company / Price Bracket||Plan||Monthly Price||Visitors Allowed||Disk Space||Bandwidth||Sites Allowed|
|LightningBase <25||Personal||$9.95||Unlimited. 10,000 suggested||1 GB||10 GB||1|
|LightningBase 25-50||Medium||$49.95||Unlimited||15 GB||100 GB||10|
|LightningBase 51-100||Large||$99.95||Unlimited||30 GB||250 GB||25|
|Company / Price Bracket||Total Requests||Total Errors||Peak RPS||Average RPS||Peak Response Time(ms)||Average Response Time(ms)||Total Data Transferred (GB)||Peak Throughput (MB/s)||Average Throughput (MB/s)|
LoadStorm test logged in thousands of users to simulate heavy uncached load on the server, scaling up with more users on larger plans after the $25-50/month range. LightningBase put on an absolute clinic here. No requests hitting the timeout (15,000ms), keeping a very quick average response time in the 200ms range and virtually no errors across all the plans including an actual zero in the largest test.
|Company / Price Bracket||Hits||Errors||Timeouts||Average Hits/Second||Average Response Time||Fastest Response||Slowest Response|
The Blitz test is designed to make sure that static assets (which should be served from cache) are being handled properly and can scale to very heavy big spikes in traffic. If the LoadStorm test was a clinic, this was absolute perfection. LightningBase had zero errors. Response times are nearly identical across every plan with a total of 3ms spread between all three plans.
LightningBase was virtually perfect with 100% uptime on every plan and monitor except one which showed 99.99%.
WebPageTest / WPPerformanceTester
I mention these because they are in the full testing but I won't bother putting them here. No company had any significant issue with either and it's not worth writing about. If you're very interested in seeing the geographical response times on WPT or what the raw computing power test of WPPerformanceTester measured, read the full results.
LightningBase easily earned their top tier performance award this year for the third consecutive time. Their results were consistently near (or actually) perfect. I still can't wrap my head around why nobody is talking about them, their performance is absolutely fantastic.